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Junior Kimbrough

Cited as a prime early influence by rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers, Mississippi Delta bluesman Junior Kimbrough's modal, hypnotic blues vision remained a regional sensation for most of his career. He finally transcended the confines of his region in the early '90s, when he appeared in the 1991 movie Deep Blues and on its Anxious/Atlantic soundtrack, leading to his own debut for Fat Possum Records, All Night Long.

Junior Kimbrough was born and raised in Hudsonville, Mississippi, where he learned how to play guitar by listening to records by Delta bluesmen. In 1968, he cut his first single, "Tramp," for the local Philwood label. For the next two decades, Kimbrough didn't have the opportunity to record frequently -- he recorded a single, "Keep Your Hands Off Her," for High Water and his "All Night Long" was available on the various artists compilation National Downhome Festival, Vol. 2 released on Southland Records.

During the '70s and '80s, Kimbrough played juke joints throughout Mississippi, which is where music journalist Robert Palmer discovered him in the late '80s. Palmer featured Kimbrough in his documentary film Deep Blues. The exposure in the movie led to a national record contract for Kimbrough -- he signed with Fat Possum and released his first full-length album, All Night Long, in 1992. The record was critically acclaimed by both blues and mainstream publications, as was Deep Blues and its accompanying soundtrack. All of the media attention led to performances outside of the Delta, including a few shows in England. After the flurry of activity in 1992, Junior Kimbrough returned to playing juke joints in the Delta, recording occasionally -- he released his second album, Sad Days, Lonely Nights, in 1993. Most Things Haven't Worked Out followed in 1997, and a year later Kimbrough returned with God Knows I Tried. He died of a heart attack on January 17, 1998. ~ Bill Dahl & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: God Knows I Tried

1. You're Gonna Find Your Mistake

2. How Do You Feel

3. I Gotta Try You Girl

4. I'm In Love With You

5. I Cried Last Night

6. Keep On Braggin'

7. Tramp

8. All Night Long (Instrumental)

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Track List: Most Things Haven't Worked Out

1. Lonesome Road

2. I'm In Love

3. Everywhere I Go

4. Burn In Hell

5. Most Things Haven't Worked Out

6. Leave Her Alone

7. I Love Ya Baby

8. I'm Leaving You Baby

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Track List: Sad Days, Lonely Nights

1. Sad Days, Lonely Nights

2. Lonesome In My Home

3. Lord, Have Mercy On Me

4. Crawling King Snake

5. My Mind Is Rambling

6. Leaving In The Morning

7. Old Black Mattie

8. I'm In Love

9. Pull Your Clothes Off

10. I'm Gonna Have To Leave Here

11. Sad Days, Lonely Nights

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Track List: All Night Long

1. Work Me Baby

2. Do The Romp

3. Stay All Night

4. Meet Me In The City

5. You Better Run

6. Done Got Old

7. All Night Long

8. I Feel Alright

9. Nobody But You

10. Slow Lightning

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Track List: Meet Me In The City

1. Meet Me In The City

2. Done Got Old

3. Baby Please Don't Leave Me

4. Lonesome Road

5. Junior's Place (live)

6. I Feel Alright (live)

7. All Night Long

8. Nobody But You

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Track List: You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough

1. Release Me

2. All Night Long

3. Meet Me In The City

4. You Better Run

5. Done Got Old

6. Sad Days Lonely Nights

7. Old Black Mattie

8. Most Things Haven't Worked Out

9. I'm Leaving You Baby

10. Keep On Braggin'

11. Tramp

12. Nobody But You (live)

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Taylor Whitaker- I won't listen to that black keys bs.
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Mharris86667 . I can't stand the black keys. Effing garbage. Nothing original about them.
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GOD!! this guy is goood... first time listening to him.. so ahead of his time . so original..
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yeakenhoo61
Junior was Awesome. I definitely have to agree his sound is Hypnotic. I'm sure he's still jamming today. Blessed to have him discovered.
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wenberep
He's pretty good but if you want real authentic blues you should check out Blues Hammer!
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socratesjw
The Black Keys tribute to Junior is named Chulahoma, released in 2006. Check it out. I believe it is their first album.
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socratesjw
Junior is one of the most underrated blues guitarists of the 20th century. It is sad he died so soon after he was discovered. The Black Keys paid homage to him by recording his songs on an EP. It is clear how much he influenced bands like Keys, White Stripes, etc. Junior's deep, gut wrenching distortion and jamming are unmatched in his era. RIP
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socratesjw
Junior is one of the most underrated blues guitarists of the 20th century. It is sad he died so soon after he was discovered. The Black Keys paid homage to him by recording his songs on an EP. It is clear how much he influenced bands like Keys, White Stripes, etc.

Junior's deep, gut wrenching distortion and jamming is unmatched in his era. RIP
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When my friends where listening to acid rock, THIS was my trip. Amazing 25 years later .....in the beginning these guys laid it down for the rest.
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Gmill355 do you even listen to the black keys?
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1st time listening to this dude. Will not be the ladt
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That's creepy that he died only 4 days from when I was born.
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keep that s*** comin all night long
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slick and sloppy
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Jamming hard
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Love it!
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Even better then GREAT
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GREAT
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Junior...... t h e real deal
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cool, smooth a** s**t.
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On second thought, Junior Kimbrough and Howlin' Wolf definitely are more similar in style to each other than either are to Albert King or Buddy Guy. Can't stand AK or BG!!
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Junior Kimbrough's output should be called ambient blues. :)
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Beautiful.
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Whoa, Howlin' Wolf suggested as a similar-soun d i n g artist to Junior Kimbrough? Well, they are both very stellar blues artists - but I don't think they sound all that similar. John Lee Hooker is sort of a combination of the two, though.
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Well, they aren't terrible - and I kinda do like some of their songs. It's just that I prefer for my blues-rock to be headbanging.
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Say what you want about the Black Keys; they have been good for at least a few original songs and for introducing some folks to the music of Mr. Kimbrough.
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Junior Kimbrough >>>>>> The Black Keys
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Candle lights kind of night , living room dancing. #Infiniterom a n c e ig @wastation
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stoptouchint h o s e m o n k e e s
love the man!
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ebonez269
Still is
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Junior was the man!!!!!! We miss your contribution to the world of real music
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You can really feel his music! Very unique
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very pure
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It is a rare and extraordinar y event to encounter such original, haunting music.
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Wow...I want all of it.
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Loved this
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gmill355 Listen to the last track on the black keys album. It is Juniors wife calling them and thanking them. Also the Album is titled Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough.
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Black keys rip this off so effin bad. This is the real deal. Try being original. Black keys are the worst ever.
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Hot damn Junior!!!
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Junior is a tone monster!!!!! So so good
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Only recently discovered Junior. Thanks pandora! Was listing to black keys. They have a couple of covers of his songs and even a whole album of cover songs. Blues in its purist form, thanks Junior!
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So he is from the hills above the Delta? Sounds like he arisen from the deepest,cold e s t , a n d most sad backwater ever! Macabre blues, son!
Sounds damned good!
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aw man this is a deep tune , can't walk away,
thank you pandora
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Thanks Pandora.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
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Sounds like it has a hint of the music of Mali and west Africa
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bm14719
another thanks to Pandora i'm loven it
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bm14719
another thanks to Pandora i'm loven it
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az_tmcb
very kool music Junior
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blues perfection
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